Yes, the e-voting was anonymous. The least anonymous was the show of hands to limit debate to 2 minutes/person, to adopt the rules, and to adjourn. There, people could “see” your vote. Pastor Sandy was passed 615-206 by e-vote.
The declensions - particularly 2014 and 2016 - have a large member updating component, some simple, some socioeconomic. The numbers show much of that was in Hispanic churches; some wonder if that was/is because of anti-immigrant pressure in this country - we have heard similar trends at border churches across the southwest.
For another summary of data: from 2013-2017, totals were:
6,062 baptisms + 21 reclaimed
1,618 professions of faith
2,937 transfers from outside the conference
2,474 transfers out of conference (a net gain of 463 inward)
[4,957 transfers between churches completed within the conference, net zero]
5,572 noted as missing.
572 marked as duplicate adjustments found between churches.
69824 (ending, net loss of 1069)
And giving is still up, so our pastors are still being funded, including 26 women.